Located in a research-focused psychology department, the counseling specialization emphasizes continuous involvement in research and encourages collaborative research endeavors with faculty and students. The program has excellent resources available for graduate students that support and foster the students’ research endeavors. A full spectrum of psychology faculty expertise, statistics and methods courses, as well as methodological, computer, and statistical resources exist to guide and mentor the student. A Certificate in Quantitative Psychology is also available for Ph.D. students in the Department of Psychology.
Research education and training is sequential, multidimensional, and integrated throughout the curriculum. Furthermore, training in research is based on an interactive faculty-student mentoring model and all faculty members provide active research and professional mentoring. The careful mentoring of students is a high priority for all faculty members and faculty generally only have two to five graduate advisees at any one time, so they can carefully work with each advisee.
In the last ten years, graduate students in the program have authored or co-authored well over 100 publications. Similarly, the maj
ority of students have presented research at local and/or national conferences. Students have also been recognized for the their research with the APA/Psi Chi Edwin B. Newman Graduate Psychology Research Award, APA Division 51 Student of the Year Award, Distinguished Research Award for Psi Chi Submissions, and Department Research Excellence Awards.
Research Centers and Labs
The Diversity Lab investigates studies related to bicultural negotiation or bicultural competence, multicultural counseling competence, protective factors of minority-related stress (e.g., bicultural stress, acculturative stress, racial discrimination, language discrimination, or minority stress), culturally relevant coping resources, and adjustment among racial ethnic minorities (e.g., Asian Americans) and international students. Main faculty advisor: Meifen Wei
Identity Development Laboratory
The Identity Development Lab investigates the effects of attitudes and educational experiences on the identity development process, including interests, values, personality, and future career aspirations. Main faculty advisor: Patrick Armstrong
Laboratory for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology
The Laboratory for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in Psychology investigates various aspects of psychology pedagogy issues (broadly defined) from the post-secondary through graduate level of psychology education with an emphasis on understanding and enhancing the cultural competency of both teachers and students of psychology. Main faculty advisor: Loreto Prieto
For more information on the Larson Lab, please follow the link. Main faculty advisor: Lisa Larson
The MADLab focuses on research with children and adolescents spanning three main areas: bullying and aggression, callous-unemotional traits, and gender differences. Investigations are grounded in a developmental psychopathology perspective, which allows for the study the development of behavioral problems within the context of what is known about normal development. Main faculty advisor: Monica Marsee
Network Community Counseling Services
The clinic offers group and individual counseling as well as training/supervision and research opportunities related to group interventions. This is “where science and practice meet.” Main faculty advisor: Nathaniel Wade
Stigma Research Lab
The Stigma Research Lab investigates how external and internalized stigma effects individuals’ psychological well-being and willingness to seek mental health services. Main faculty advisor: David Vogel